Children, My Life

Dean’s ABA Week

Let me just tell you that it has been a difficult week and I’m on vacation no less. I am actually writing this on the day that it is going up, because I have been too emotionally drained to prewrite my posts. I have a lot of personal shit going on right now, which basically involves me moving out on my own with Dean with little to no assistance from my dad. He keeps going back and forth on whether or not he will help watch Dean until the school year next Fall. I think that I’ll be moving sometime in the Spring/Early Summer. I’ll have my move out money ready by the end of this year/early next year. My dad will need his move out money too though and in the mean time I will be paying more than my fair share of the rent (about $225 more than I would out on my own). So, it easy to say that I am pretty pissed about that. The sooner I leave, the better for everyone. I just want to be happy again. But that’s enough depressing shit. Dean’s the light of my world and I love him so much. But I have to take care of myself to take better care of him and being in such a negative, mommy bashing environment can’t be good for him.

10/29/18 – Ann

Did well on programs, seeking prompts with clapping, dinosaurs, links. List behaviors observed: lick, mouth, flop. Started new pictures during snack. Picked up on strawberry picture right away, needed prompts for new chips picture. Licking items instead of mouthing.

10/29/18 – Joyce

Discussed moving to non identical matching, child can handle a field of 6 for identical matching. BCBA reminded grandparent today is her last day. Performed direct service with client (D-BCBA session only) ran gmi, potato head, did bubbles, read Panda Bear Panda Bear, child out his hand in glitter goo, did Velcro birthday cake, pointing, squeezed clothespins, nested large cups. Grandparent commented child likely tired

10/30/18 – Ann

Very active, seeking tickles, calmed at end of session. List behaviors observed: flop, mouthing slinky. Dean very active, flopping while smiling and seeking my attention. Matching looks great. Did well once calmed second half of session.

10/30/18 – Deb

Dean did well today. He had some trouble with transitioning, but did well on programs. He enjoyed bubbles and singing. List behaviors observed: mouthing and flopping.

10/31/18 – Ann

Active, more prompts to engage with toys. List behaviors observed: mouth, flop. Shorter session due to family doctor appointment. Increased flopping at start of session. Did well with increased reinforcements.

11/1/18 – Ann

Attended well, introduced non identical matching pictures. List behaviors observed: flop, mouth. Dean had a good morning. More focused than he had been other days earlier this week. Ate a good snack. Did well with a variety of toy items.

11/1/18 – Deb

Dean did great today. We enjoyed playing and singing today. He did well with programs.

11/2/18 – Ann

A little fussy with a runny nose. List behaviors observed: flop, mouthing. Dean did well with matching non identical pictures. Attempting to put playdough in mouth. Sat well for most toys.

With Love,



6 thoughts on “Dean’s ABA Week”

  1. So sorry to hear this. One of the hardest things about change is if you don’t know exactly how it’s going to be so that you can plan. I don’t know you, but if it would ever help to have someone to talk to, you have my email address.
    I hope you find somewhere good for you and Dean. You’re working so hard to build a good life for both of you and I really hope you get the support you need.

    1. Thank you so much. I have been thinking of making a decision for my blog. I just won’t have the time to keep it up like I do now, but I still love doing it. I think I’m cutting down blogging to once a week starting in December. That way, I can still do what I love and read the ones that I enjoy. Anything more would be a bonus and I won’t feel like I’m failing when it comes to blogging. I’ve just got so much on my plate right now. Thank you so much. I think I already have your email address, I’ll see if it works. 🙂

      1. Yes, the blog should be fun, not one more thing to put pressure on you. If you do more and enjoy doing something else for a while, that’s great, but it shouldn’t feel like a chore or something to worry about.

      2. With so much going on, it is feeling more like a chore or something I’m failing at, I’m going to announce cutting down to 1 post a week and see how that goes. I find blogging stress relieving and enjoyable. I want to keep it as a hobby, but I want to enjoy it.

  2. Oh, it always disheartens me to think of how much you’re going through right now. There’s no way you could be failing at blogging since it is an outlet for you and right now you’re caught up in something else and you’re not able to be as creative and productive when it comes to blogging. I’ve been there and while I get what you’re feeling, you come first. If you need a break or to cut out on the amount of posts that go up on your blog, that’s no problem, we’ll still be here for you.

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